A number of potential models for transforming community health and care services will be considered by the Board of NHS Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (BaNES CCG) when it meets next week in Keynsham.
The draft proposals have been developed following hundreds of conversations with patients, service users and carers as well as health and care professionals as part of the your care, your way review, being led jointly by the CCG and Bath & North East Somerset Council. A formal consultation will begin on 10 September to let the public have their say on the plans.
The options being considered by the Board include pooling the budgets for health and social care to enable more integrated commissioning of services and joining up patient records so people only have to tell their story once. Other ideas include giving more choice and control to local communities to organise services in their area.
Community health and care services provide support for people in their own home or a local setting. The Council and the CCG work together to plan and pay for over 400 different community services for local people which are provided by over 60 different organisations.
Dr Ian Orpen, a local GP and Clinical Chair of the CCG, said:
“Health and care services cannot continue to operate in the same way they have done in the past. Our population is ageing, the number of people living with long term conditions is increasing and the demand for health and social care services is growing fast – all at a time of financial austerity.
“The proposals we have developed with the Council are potentially ground-breaking. Our thinking has been heavily influenced by our engagement with the local community so far and we’re really interested to hear what they have to say about the ideas we are putting forward.
“We want to inspire and challenge people to think differently about the way that we provide health and care services in Bath and North East Somerset. The consultation period will begin on 10 September and we want as many people as possible to visit the website and complete the feedback survey.”
Other items on the Board’s agenda include a report on how the CCG is performing against national health targets and preparations for the winter period when local health services are under increased pressure.
The Board will meet on Thursday 3 September at the Fry’s Conference Centre in Keynsham from 10:30am. Members of the public who would like to learn more about the work of the CCG are very welcome to attend the meeting as observers.